How To Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts

It’s quite common for people to have multiple social media accounts. Perhaps they have a personal profile for friends and family, and one for business? In an era where private life and work life frequently threaten to overlap with one another online, it is sensible to separate the two wherever possible.

Or maybe you are a social media manager who is employed to look after multiple accounts? On a smartphone, logging in and out of accounts (as well as remembering the login details) is the height of tedium, especially if you have big fingers like me.

Instagram on the other hand makes it easier by allowing you to connect accounts to one another then switch between them with a couple of taps. Unfortunately, it only works on smartphones – for now.

How To Connect Multiple Instagram Accounts Together

My dog has his own Instagram account (what can I say, he’s a real diva). So I am going to connect his account to mine, so I can add photos much more easily.

Once you have logged into the first account, it’s time to hook up the second. So go to your profile and tap on the three vertical lines (the “hamburger menu”) at the top right hand side.

This slides the screen to the left and in the panel which now appears, scroll to the bottom and tap on Settings.

Now scroll all the way to the bottom until you see the Logins section. Tap on Add account.

You will now get the standard Instagram login screen. Sign into the second account.

If you go back to your profile page now, there is an arrow next to your name. Tap on that.

At the bottom of the screen, you will now see a menu with the connected account.

If you have any more accounts to connect to, keep going. I am not aware of any limits imposed by Instagram on account linking.

That is basically it. One further thing to mention is that when you now post photos, you have the option of posting the picture to multiple accounts all at once, which is a real neat time saver.

How To Make Your Own Custom Google Maps

There are many reasons why you may want to make your own custom maps. Perhaps you have a wishlist of places you want to visit? Maybe you are tracking a serial killer around the country? Or you are compiling where all the best burger joints are in your particular area

Whatever the reason, you can make your own custom maps on Google Maps very easily. It is literally a case of sticking a pin in it.

Starting Your Own Custom Map In Google

On the desktop version of Google Maps, open the left-hand side pane and select “Your Places”. Make sure to be logged into your Google account to save everything you do from now on.

Now click “Maps”.

At the bottom of the left-hand pane, you will now see “Create Map”. Select that.

Now your new map will open up.

First, start by clicking “Untitled map” and giving it a name and description.

Now in the search box, search for the location you want to add to your map. Let’s go to Paris as an example. A map of Paris will appear along with an information box.

Click “Add to map” and a pin will fall on the location, adding it to your custom map.

If you decide you don’t like the look of the pin, you can change it slightly. There are different colors and different icon designs to choose from. Just click the first little icon on the bottom-right which is the “Style” icon.

Select which color and icon you want for your pin and it will update automatically.

You’ll now see the location saved in the information box and if you click on it, the map will jump, taking you directly there.

Now repeat the process and add your other locations. I’ve put my big grand tour of Europe on it.

Sharing Your Map With Others

When it is finished, you may want to show it to people. So first click “Preview”.

This now shows what your map will look like in “View-Only Mode”. Notice your pins showing on the map.

To share it with others, click “Share” in the top left hand corner and you will be given four options. 

Whichever one you choose, you are likely to be told that the permissions need to be changed from private to public. So click the provided link to make the map public, which brings up this box.

Click “Change” and choose what level of public access you want to grant.

The status will now change and you can share the link provided at the top with whomever you want.

Firefox Monitor Tells You When Your Login Details Have Been Compromised

After years of using Google Chrome, I finally decided to go back to a more privacy-focused browser, Mozilla Firefox.

Firefox takes privacy very seriously.  You can choose between three different levels of “content blocking” which covers everything from trackers, cookies, cryptominers, and fingerprinters. 

But Firefox has now introduced something called Firefox Monitor, which tells you if your email addresses have been caught up in a hacking incident. It pulls its information from HaveIBeenPwned which keeps track of all compromised login details.

Sign Up For Firefox Monitor

The nice thing about Firefox Monitor is that it is a “set it and forget it” deal. Once you have entered and verified your email addresses, Firefox Monitor will keep tabs on those email addresses 24/7. As soon as one or more of those addresses pop up in a hacking incident, you will be notified.

You need to sign up for Firefox Monitor with your Firefox account. If you use the Firefox browser, this account would be the one you sync all of your browser settings with. But you can also add other email addresses later.

After signing up, you will then see your dashboard and right away, I see with horror that my main email address has been compromised 14 times.

Clicking on more about this breach will give you extra details but the bottom line is that you need to log into these accounts right now, and either change the password or shut the account down completely.

You can’t ignore them, especially if you make the bad habit of using the same username and password for each account. Having the details to one will give them access to everything which is not good.

So now it is a case of going directly to these websites, logging in (hoping the hacker has not changed the password) and changing the details. If you are not using that account anymore, then you should consider just closing it down completely.

A slightly annoying thing is that it doesn’t give you direct links to the affected sites or links to be able to deactivate the account. You have to type in the address yourself. If it is only a few sites, it’s no big deal, but if someone is a victim of hundreds of hacking attacks, typing in each individual URL can get real tedious really fast.

Further down the dashboard page, you can add other email addresses you want to monitor. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to the number of addresses you can add and Firefox Monitor is totally free. So why not add all of them?

Sometimes it can take quite some time for a hacked company to come clean and admit what has happened. So Firefox Monitor can only report publicly available information. This is why it is good common sense to change your account passwords regularly (say, every three months).

How To Revoke Third-Party Website Access On Facebook, Twitter & Google

We’ve seen these buttons so many times already as they
have become an integral part of the Internet. If you are too lazy to sign up
for services using your email address, you can just use your social media or
Google accounts to sign up to those services with.

These websites then contact Facebook, Google, Twitter,
etc, and these sites grant an authentication token with your basic details such
as your name, photo, and email address. Bang you’re in.

The trouble is once you grant websites entry through
the door into your social media accounts, it can become risky. What if that
website has bad intentions? What if they try to harvest more of your user
information such as your passwords?

This is why you must review on a regular basis which
sites have access to your social media accounts or Google account. If you are
not using a site anymore, revoke its access! Here is how to do it with the top
three third-party sign-in sites.

Facebook

After logging into Facebook, go to this link. There you will see all of the various sites you have signed up to, and logged in with, using your Facebook credentials.

You may decide first of all, before revoking, to see
if you can fix the problem you’re having another way. For example, if the app
is leaving unwanted status updates all over your Facebook wall, you can perhaps
change the privacy setting so nobody sees it.

If you decide revoking the app is the only answer,
close that app window and next to it is a small checkbox. Select it.

The “Remove” button will now light up. Clicking it will ask you for confirmation that you really want to remove the app. You can also tell Facebook to remove any posts, photos or videos that the app may have posted on Facebook.

Clicking “Remove” again will revoke the app’s rights to access your account and you will get a confirmation.

Twitter

Log into your Twitter account, then head here in your Settings. The “Apps and Sessions” tab is where all the action is for reviewing who has access to your Twitter details.

I was quite taken aback just now at how many have
accumulated in my Twitter account since my last clean out a few months back.

Simply click on ones you want to revoke, and like
Facebook, you will see details of that website.

Click “Revoke access” at the bottom and that’s it. Instead of asking you to confirm like Facebook does, Twitter turns the revoke link into an “undo revoke access” link if you suddenly change your mind. Just click that to put things back to the way they were.

Go back to your Apps page, rinse and repeat for other
apps you want to nuke.

Google

Google requires you logging into your account, which you can either access here or via your Gmail settings.

If you go via the direct link, you need to scroll down until you see this box.

Click “Manage third-party access” at the bottom to open it up properly. I have over 30 apps on here since my last clean out so it really is time I got rid of the clingy entourage.

With each one you can see at a glance what it has
access to. To get rid of one of them, click on it.

Click the blue “Revoke Access” button and you will be asked to confirm its removal before Google sends it packing.

After clicking OK, the app will be gone. Continue the
process for others you want to give marching orders to.

Obviously there are many more services you can use to sign into websites. WordPress, for example, offers it and Apple has recently announced that they too will offer a “Sign in with your Apple ID” functionality very soon. But at the moment, Facebook, Twitter, and Google are the three you need to keep a constant eye on.

How To Digitize & Read Your Comic Book Collection

In my never-ending quest for a paperless existence, I am
trying to digitize more and more printed materials which are languishing on my
bookshelves. This includes the vast number of comic books which I seem to have
collected over the years.

There are many free comic book readers available for your
computer and tablet. So if you have the time, it makes sense to scan your comic
books and read them on your device instead.

But how do you make your comic books device-ready? That’s
what we will be looking at today.

Getting The
Pages In The Right Image Format

Scanning your comic books can get a bit tedious, depending on
how many you have and how many pages are in each one. But once you get into a
rhythm, it will be done before you know it.

Obviously you need a scanner and you just need to scan each
page. You can either save each single page as one image file or scan two pages
side-by-side as one image file (like the screenshot above). I tend to do only
one page at a time to make the resolution as high as possible.

Once the page is scanned, crop the edges to take away any
unwanted areas and generally smarten it up. I would not recommend resizing the
image. Leave it at full size for easier reading.

When you have your pages scanned, rename the images in the order
they come in the comic book. So 01.jpg, 02.jpg, and so on. This ensures they
are all in the correct order.

Turning Your Pages Into The Right File
Format For The Reading App

Once you have all of the pages scanned, and they are all
numbered in the right order, it is time to make the file which will be loaded
into the comic book reader. This file format is either CBR (Comic Book Reader)
or CBZ (Comic Book Zip).

It doesn’t matter which one you use but as the name of CBZ
clearly shows, the file itself is a zip file. The images are compressed inside
the zip file and loaded into the comic book reader. The reader then loads the
pages in the number order you gave to each page.

There are various tools you can use for zipping files. Paid
tools include Winzip and WinRAR. A good free tool for Windows is 7-Zip. But for
both Windows and macOS, there is a zipping function built right into the
operating system.

Place all of the scanned numbered pages into its own folder
and give the folder the name of the comic book. Then on macOS, right-click on
the folder and choose “Compress”.

On Windows, right-click on the folder and go to Send to–>Compressed (zipped) folder.

Your zip file containing your images will now be generated.
You can now delete the folder with the original comic book scans if you want.

Now change the file format from zip to either CBR or CBZ. It
honestly doesn’t matter which one you use. I have always done CBR but that’s
only because I like the sound of it. Yeah I know, I’m weird that way.

Free Comic Book
Readers

If you do a simple Google search, you are spoilt for choice
as to what reader to use. But here are the ones generally accepted to be the best
of them all.

In all cases, the app will tell you upon opening it how to
load up the CBR file or CBZ file that you have just created. If you are using a
tablet app, it will most likely direct you to your cloud storage account where
you should have your comic files ready to be uploaded.

Free Comics!

If the idea of scanning comic books is just too tedious for
you to contemplate, you can find plenty of places to find legal free comic
books to download.

  • Comixology – owned by Amazon, they always have freebies on offer.
  • Archive.org – lots of older ones here, but I am not totally convinced they are all legal. So tread carefully here.
  • Digital Comic Museum – one of my favorites. All of these ones are in the Public Domain and contain a lot of “pulp” comics from the 1920’s-1950’s. I think the cut-off point for public domain status is December 1959.
  • Comic Book Plus – another site which focuses on public domain comic books, stretching back into the early 20th century. There are some real gems here if you browse for a while.